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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru 4861, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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Top Class Museum

Extremely well laid out and informative museum focusing on NZ's involvements in various conflicts... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ed R
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Blenheim, New Zealand
Great Museum

Had a good time exploring this museum. Is laid out very well and has really awesome artefacts from... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
erinbrennan11
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
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State Highway 1, Waiouru 4861, New Zealand
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+64 6-387 6911
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Extremely well laid out and informative museum focusing on NZ's involvements in various conflicts. The Passchendaele exhibit (which I think is coming to an end) is really excellent. We were there in the school holidays and there was a staff member in the kids' room...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a good time exploring this museum. Is laid out very well and has really awesome artefacts from different wars. Lots of interesting information, far too much to read in one trip there. Cool activity for kids and I loved how it covered lots of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a horrible day weather wise and mountain closed so took kids across to kill time. A lot more than I was expecting, wished I had more time at my own pace so as to read more. The amount of relics was incredible and...More

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your comments. The Museum is a wonderful option for those families visiting the region on a rainy day. I hope you managed some skiing too.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Recently stayed overnight, great free camping out the back if you are self contained security usually come and check, museum opens 9.00 to 4,30 available toilets over the road 24/7 Staff at Museum were great of note where Esther and Penny, cafe is also great...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

the adults enjoyed this and the staff had cleverly made a check off game that meant the kids searched for the items allowing mum and dad time to view everything.. very clever. we arrived a bit late in the day and they gave us pass...More

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you for the feedback and make sure you come back and finish your visit as we know there is a lot to see. Next time get the kids to try the Animal Activity trail where they can earn medals along the way.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Well presented, thorough history of the journey that our fabulous Army has undertaken. Plenty to read, see and listen to. Perhaps a misunderstanding on our part; disappointed that the museum wasn't more interactive, especially for children. Unfortunately you couldn't climb on any vehicles or get...More

Thank SarahGkiwi
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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thanks for your comments. Yes there is a balance between preserving artefacts and allowing visitors to interact with them. We are always looking at new ways we can provide new interactive elements especially for children and hence the Kidz HQ space where kids can try...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I saw people of all ages learning so much from this experience. There are activities for the young to keep the focussed. Good combination of facts and personal accounts.

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

We appreciate your feedback and are glad you enjoyed your time here at the National Army Museum. We aim to provide an gratifying experience for all ages while showcasing the knowledge and rich history that surrounds the New Zealand Army.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Brilliant museum, great displays, so much to see and read and listen to. Quality shop and excellent cafe. Don’t drive past this.

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to have you back in the future.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This museum is set as chronological order by the time. The displays and the paths are in order from the first NZ war in NZ land when British Army coming to NZ for the first time and had conflicts with Maori, and then continue to...More

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

This museum is well worth seeing. The displays are exceptional. Very well thought out. My husband and I are visiting from Australia and found it very sombre. There are lifts if you are unable to walk the stairs.

Thank Robyn B
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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for sharing your experience. Australia also has a wonderful museum in the Australian War Memorial I assume you have been too. I hope you have enjoyed your time in NZ.

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